The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Amputation saw and two artificial arms, 16th century.

    Two iron artificial arms and an amputation saw. Previously, it was thought that the arms may have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armoure

    Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

    Tracheotomy set, complete, metal and ivory instruments in leather case, by S. Maw, Son & Thompson of London.

    Trepanning set, English, c 1750s.

    Case of trephination instruments, c. 1731-1770. Trepanning is the removal of a piece of bone from the skull. The instruments are of a type introduced by Samuel Sharp (1700-1778) of Guy's Hospital, who wrote 'Treatise on the operation of surgery' (17

    Laryngeal bougie, late 19th century.

    MacKenzie's laryngeal electrode wood, metal and gum elastic, probably British

    Surgical instrument set, c 1855.

    Set of surgical instruments, by Savigny, owned by Dr. Evans in Crimea, c. 1855

    Terracotta statue of St Antonio, Spanish or Italian, early 16th century.

    Earthenware statue of Saint Anthony (Antonino) of Florence, Italian, 1701-1850.

    Model of the Asklepeion at Epidauras, Greece, 1936.

    Model of Asklepeion at Epidauras, after the reconstruction of Defrasse, made in London, 1936, scale 1:66. The main temple was originally built in the 5th and 6th centuries BC as a shrine to Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and healing.

    Statue of St Tugean, 18th or 19th century.

    Wooden statue of Saint Tugean, or Tujean, probably French, c. 1701-1900. This saint could be invoked against the disease of rabies.

    Stone oculist's seal, Roman.

    Blank stone oculist's stamp (or seal), with inscriptions of five sides, found in the bed of the river Moselle, France. Roman, c. 400BC-400AD. Oculist's were specialised eye doctors, who treated eye diseases such as cataracts.

    Wooden statue of St Livertin, French, 17th century.

    Wooden statue of Saint Livertin, France, 1601-1700. Usually depicted clutching his head, Livertin is said to protect against headaches.